Family Law includes matters pertaining to child custody, paternity, parenting time, spousal support and child support. With over twenty years of experience, the Law Office of James E. Carpenter can provide you with the guidance and representation you need to obtain your goals when you reach an impasse with your spouse or ex-spouse.


A child born outside of a marriage does not have a legal father until paternity is established through the Court. Until this happens, there is no right of the biological ‘father’ to have parenting time with his child, nor any current obligation to pay child support.

Sometimes a child is born to a married mother, but the child’s father is not the mother’s spouse.

Again, a paternity action is the proper way to determine both the biological and legal father of the minor child.

If you find yourself in this type of situation, permit the Law Office of James E. Carpenter, to assist you with the court proceedings.


Post Divorce or Post Paternity Child Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support Issues

Even though the Court enters Final Orders in both Divorce and Paternity cases, all orders concerning child custody, parenting time and child support are subject to review and modification until the child reaches the age of eighteen. Should you experience the need to modify any court orders concerning your children, contact the Law Office of James E. Carpenter to discuss your situation After a review of past experiences, the current conditions and your desires for a better future, James E. Carpenter will assist you in meeting your goals.